An Unbeleafable Path Through New England’s Fall Foliage: Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine

Departure Date: Sunday, September 24 Return Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017

Tour Length: 8 Days/7 Nights

Packed with beautiful scenery and historic sights, this quintessential four-state New England Tour is truly unbeleafable! Marvel at the brilliant fall colors, discover Boston’s rich history, Vermont’s villages and vistas, New Hampshire’s White Mountain passes and Maine’s rocky coast. For the foodies in your group, taste Boston Cream Pie, Vermont Maple Syrup, New Hampshire Ribbon Candy and Maine Lobster. This tour is filled with gorgeous scenery, historic sights, delectable local delicacies, hands-on experiences and unbeleafable fun! Turn over a new leaf with this New England fall foliage vacation.

Day One, Sunday, September 24:

Arrive by noon at Boston’s historic Quincy Marketplace. The Marketplace combines the glories of Boston’s past with the urban sophistication of the city today. Explore the shops, watch the street performers, visit the vendors’ carts and have lunch on your own in one of the many eateries that line the Marketplace.

Boston Capitol Building 2After lunch, meet a local guide and embark on a walking/windshield Boston Highlights/Freedom Trail tour. See sites such as: the New and Old State House, The Boston Tea Party, The Boston Massacre, Old Granary Burying Ground, Paul Revere’s House, Old North Church and Chinatown. The tour will also include the USS Constitution (based on availability) and Bunker Hill.

Check into your Boston area hotel (Holiday Inn Bunker Hill or similar). There will be time to refresh and relax before dinner.

Your “welcome to Boston dinner” is served at Cheers, “Where everyone knows your name.” Dine on a “Norm Burger,” “Rebecca’s Fish and Chips,” or “Carla’s Pasta” and share memories of this legend of comedies.

Day Two, Monday, September 25:

vermontAfter breakfast served at the hotel, pack your bags and check out of your rooms. Board the coach and begin your travels to the Green Mountains of Vermont!

Arrive in Woodstock, coined “the prettiest small town in America.” Walk among the opulent mid-19th-century homes built around the Village Green and along broad streets. The stately Woodstock Inn, owned by the Rockefeller family, presides over the Green. Walk across a covered bridge, located right in the center of town, visit the shops and have lunch on your own in one of the charming local eateries.

corn husk dollVisit the Billings Farm and Museum. Explore one of the finest small dairy farms in America and a museum of Vermont’s rural past. The operating farm, restored 1890 farmhouse and engaging farm life exhibits displayed in 19th century barns, showcase this model farm. Learn about cornhusk dolls, a Native American toy made out of the dried leaves or "husk" of a corn cob and then make one of your own to take home! Your visit also includes a horse-drawn hayride.

Depart Billings Farm and travel a short distance to your home for the next 2 nights, The Lake Morey Resort. Enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings and genuine hospitality within this 100-year old resort that sits above the Connecticut River and combines classic Vermont style with modern day amenities.

Upon arrival, enjoy a complimentary welcome reception while you are oriented to the resort. Then, there will be time to refresh before dinner.

Dinner is served in the Main Dining Room that affords breathtaking views of the surroundings. The Executive Chef prides himself in using the freshest, local ingredients as he prepares his creative, new American cuisine.

Day Three, Tuesday, September 26:

Start your day with a relaxing buffet breakfast served at the resort. There will be time for a morning stroll around the beautifully landscaped grounds.

Rock of Ages Quarry- Photo courtesy of Rock of AgesBoard the coach and travel to Barre, the “Granite Capital of the World.” Barre is the center of the largest granite industry in the nation and home to the world’s largest and most modern granite manufacturing plant. See workers in the quarry and learn how granite is processed and used. At the end of your tour there will be time to visit the lovely, on-site gift shop where you will witness the once, rough cut stone, turned into beautiful works of art.

Watch how real maple sugar is made, from the trees to the finished product at a traditional Vermont maple sugar farm. At Morse Farm Sugarworks enjoy a guided tour of the sugarhouse, sample fresh-made maple syrup and visit the largest and most unique maple, crafts and mail order shop in the area. Your visit ends with a traditional “sugar on snow” party.

Your next stop is Montpelier, Vermont’s capital city. Vermont is known for having the country’s smallest State House. Built in 1859, it is one of the nation’s oldest and best-preserved state capitols in use. During your guided tour, marvel at the fossil embedded marble floors, the original representative’s desk still used in the chambers today, a beautiful collection of artwork and original lighting fixtures. Lunch is included at the State House Café, where you just might find yourself dining next to the Governor!

ben-jerrysNo trip to Vermont is complete without a visit to the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory. From Chunky Monkey to Cherry Garcia, a scoop of “Vermont’s Finest” is a must. Enjoy the tour and the taste!

You’re in for a real treat when you arrive at the Windy Ridge Apple Orchard. Enjoy some time in the fresh mountain air as you pick locally grown varietals. Your apples will be donated in your group’s name, to a local shelter, so you may want to pick a few extras to enjoy during your trip! You will also have the chance to meet the friendly farm animals, and to sip some freshly squeezed cider served in the on-site café.

Arrive back at the Lake Morey Resort for some time to enjoy the resort’s amenities. Embark on complimentary pontoon boat ride, walk along the gentle nature trails or take a dip in the indoor pool.

Before dinner, gather for a cooking demo presented by one of the resort’s chefs. Learn how to turn an everyday ingredient into an impressive and unexpected culinary treat.

After dinner served in the resort’s Main Dining Room, gather in the on-site theater and view a classic movie.

Day Four, Wednesday, September 27:

After breakfast at the resort, pack your bags and prepare to check out. Board your coach and travel through the Green Mountains of Vermont and into the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Arrive in Littleton, NH, home of Chutters Candy Store. A visit to Chutters is a trip to “Candyland” where the air is delicious with the mouth-watering scents of candy and fresh-made fudge. The longest counter of its kind anywhere, Chutters’ candy counter runs the entire length of the store! Witness an impressive 112 feet of gleaming glass jars filled with brightly colored candy ranging from yesterday’s favorites and hard-to-find flavors, to the best of today’s most sought-after treats.

mtwash-omni-mount-washingtonDepart Littleton and travel to Bretton Woods. Along the way, witness the brilliant colors of orange, red and yellows entwined with the lush green pines. The minute you turn into the driveway, the grand Omni Mount Washington will capture your attention. A grand masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture, the resort was a two-year labor of love for 250 master craftsmen. Conceived by industrialist Joseph Stickney, this National Historic Landmark opened in 1902 and has been attracting generations of families ever since. The most luxurious hotel of its day, The Mount Washington catered to wealthy guests from Boston, New York and Philadelphia. As many as 50 trains a day stopped at Bretton Woods’ three railroad stations. Your time at the resort includes a guided historic tour, lavish luncheon buffet and a keepsake guidebook.

After lunch, board the coach and travel to Franconia Notch State Park, located in the heart of the White Mountains National Forest. Franconia Notch is a spectacular mountain pass traversed by a unique parkway. Climb aboard the aerial tram and travel to the 4,080-foot summit of Cannon Mountain in under 10 minutes. On a clear day, you can see the mountains of four states and Canada! You may disembark at the summit to find spectacular, scenic walking paths and a 360-degree observation deck!

Kancamangus HighwayNext, travel along the Kancamagus Highway, a 34.5-mile scenic drive. The highway is well known as one of the best fall foliage viewing areas in the country. The Kancamagus Highway is designated an American Scenic Byway for its rich history, aesthetic beauty and culture. There will be time to stop for photo ops along the way.

You will be greeted with Yankee hospitality when you arrive at your North Conway hotel. (Green Granite or similar) After you settle in, there will be time to relax and refresh before dinner.

Gather for an included dinner and savor the flavors of New England fare served at a casual restaurant located near the hotel.

Day Five, Thursday, September 28:

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel before you set out for a day of adventure in the beautiful White Mountains.

Your first stop is at the Old Country Store and Museum. The store is among the oldest in the country and also one of the oldest surviving businesses of any kind. It has been the scene of town meetings in the early 1800’s, and again in the 1900’s, the library, post office and a stage stop.

Next, explore the exquisite New Hampshire country estate that was built in 1913 by Thomas Plant, who made his fortunate in the shoe manufacturing industry. The mountaintop property offers breathtaking views of Lake Winnipesauke and 1,000 feet of waterfalls and walking trails. You will quickly learn why this is called “Castle in the Clouds.”

Squam loonsTravel to lovely Holderness and have lunch on your own at Walter’s Basin. After lunch, board a canopied pontoon boat for a scenic, narrated cruise on Squam Lake. Covering 6,791 acres, Squam is the second-largest lake located entirely in New Hampshire and is where the 1981 movie, On Golden Pond was filmed. On this fascinating and picturesque 90-minute cruise, you will learn about the natural forces that created these lakes for over 5,000 years.

Return to the hotel for time to relax and refresh.

Your included dinner is served at a local brewpub where creative pub fare is served with flair!

Day Six, Friday, September 29:

Check out of the hotel after breakfast and board your coach. This morning it’s “all aboard” the Conway Scenic Rail for a ride through spectacular fall foliage. Travel on historic rail routes that take you over the river and through the woods to Conway. In Conway, watch the powerful locomotive “run around” the train, in preparation of the return trip.

St Lawrence RiverDisembark the train, board your coach and travel along scenic Route 302 as you head to the rocky coastline of Maine. This winding, country road is lined with maple trees dressed in their brilliant fall splendor and will take you past quaint lake cottages set on the water’s edge. Travel through the historic town of Fryeburg, Maine, home to the Fryeburg Fair, Maine’s largest state fair that attracts over 300,000 visitors a year. The town is also home to the acclaimed Fryeburg Academy, one of the oldest private preparatory schools in the United States. There will be time to disembark for photos of this “colorful” New England town.

Arrive in Portland’s Old Port District, one of the most successful, revitalized warehouse districts in the country. Take a stroll down the cobblestone streets and experience the quaint charm of the district located just steps from the ocean’s edge. Have lunch on your own in one of the Old Port’s eateries and take time to explore the shops and galleries.

After lunch, embark on a 90-minute narrated, scenic Lighthouse Lovers Cruise. Sail through the busy harbor and innermost islands to see lighthouses, forts, lobsters boats, seals and seabirds. Four lighthouses may be seen up close, with as many as seven in view during the cruise. Take in the salt air and the spectacular sights.

After being out in the salt air you will be ready to quench your thirst with a tour and taste at the Shipyard Brewing Company, an American microbrewery and soft drink manufacturer based in Portland. Maine ranks among the top five states in the U.S. for microbreweries, with Shipyard as the largest brewer. Shipyard is the 15th largest microbrewery in the United States and the third largest in New England.

Arrive at your hotel, (the Fairfield Inn and Suites or similar) in Brunswick, Maine. This recently renovated hotel is centrally located and offers an indoor pool, whirlpool and fitness center.

After you have refreshed, travel a short distance to your dinner destination, The Great Impasta. This locally owned restaurant carries on a tradition of providing fresh, creative and delicious Italian dishes every day.

Return to the hotel after dinner and get ready for some traditional entertainment. Gather round for a private musical performance by Maine’s local Chanty Singer, Alison Freeman. “Chanty” is a song that sailors used to sing to the rhythm of their movements while working on the ships. Join in on the chorus as Alison plays different instruments and takes you for a journey back in time. Experience history the old fashioned way; through songs and stories.

 Day Seven, Saturday, September 30:

After breakfast served at the hotel, travel a short distance to the Maine Maritime Museum where you will experience Maine’s rich seafaring history on the banks of the Kennebec River. From watercraft and lobstering, to shipbuilding and sea trade, you will hear stories about dangerous voyages to distant lands, see how a shipbuilder’s family lived in the 1890’s and discover the wonders and mysteries of Maine’s maritime culture.

Visit the Maine Botanical Gardens where you will experience this 250-acre phenomenon some call “The Miracle in Maine.” The gardens, trails and wild spaces are uniquely beautiful and are full of surprises every season of the year. During your visit, have lunch on your own at the Kitchen Garden Café.

Depart the Gardens and embark on a leisurely stroll through the streets of Boothbay Harbor that abound with artists and craftsmen, galleries, antique shops and specialty stores. Take in the ocean breezes and salt air as you sip a beverage at a sidewalk café.

Lobster BoatLate afternoon, climb aboard a lobster boat and learn how those delicious lobsters are harvested. The captain will show you how the traps are hauled and tell you the history of Maine’s famous lobster industry. Once you have earned your “claws” you will be awarded your official Maine lobster key chain!

Return to the hotel for time to relax and refresh before your Farewell Dinner.

Tie on the lobster bibs and get ready to savor the flavors of a traditional “New England Lobster Bake.” Travel onto Bailey Island and dine on chowdah’, steamers and fresh, steamed Maine lobstah’! Of course, there will be selections for the landlubbers! This dinner is certainly all that it’s “cracked up to be!”

Day Eight, Sunday, October 1:

 After breakfast at the hotel, pack your luggage, board the coach and begin your travels home. Before you depart Maine, there is one site you simply must visit.

portland-headlight-422691_1280Arrive at the Portland Headlight, the oldest lighthouse and most sought after destination in Maine. Portland Head has long protected Portland and the adjacent area. There will be time to disembark the coach for a photo op and to walk around the lighthouse.

Travel down the coast to Portsmouth, NH. Arrive at Strawbery Banke Museum and step over the threshold of history into the life of one of our country’s oldest waterfront neighborhoods. This 10-acre living history museum has preserved the lifestyles and traditions of four centuries of New Englanders. You will see buildings spanning from the late 1600’s to the mid-1950’s that include storefronts of colonial merchants, the elegant Georgian-style mansion of Governor Goodwin and the penny candy counter in the WWII-era Abbott Store. Your visit will allow time for lunch on your own at the museum’s concession.

Depart by 1:00 pm to continue your travels home.

Details

Departure Date: Sunday, September 24 Return Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017

Tour Length: 
8 Days/7 Nights 

Your Package Includes:

  • 7 Nights accommodations
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 7 Dinners
  • Time to explore the Faneuil Hall Marketplace
  • Boston Highlights/Freedom Trail Tour, led by a local guide
  • Time to explore the Village of Woodstock
  • Admission to Billings Farm and Museum with wagon ride
  • Cornhusk doll making class
  • Welcome Reception at the Lake Morey Resort
  • Tour of Rock of Ages Granite Quarry
  • Tour of Morse Farms with a “sugar on snow” party
  • Guided tour of the Vermont State Capitol
  • Tour and taste at Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory
  • “Give-Back Apple Picking” at a local orchard
  • Cooking demonstration at Lake Morey Resort
  • Visit to Chutters Candy Store
  • Guided tour at the Omni Mount Washington
  • Visit to Franconia Notch State Park
  • Aerial Tram Ride up Cannon Mountain
  • Travel along the Kancamagus Highway
  • Visit to the Old Country Store and Museum
  • Admission to Castle in the Clouds
  • Narrated Cruise on Squam Lake
  • Conway Scenic Rail Ride
  • Time to explore Portland’s Old Port District
  • Beer tasting at the Shipyard Brewery
  • Lighthouse Lovers’ Cruise
  • Live entertainment performed by local Chanty Singer, Alison Freeman
  • Admission to the Maine Maritime Museum
  • Admission to the Maine Botanical Gardens
  • Leisure time to explore Boothbay Harbor
  • Lobster Boat cruise and trapping demo
  • Visit to Portland Headlight
  • Admission to the Strawbery Banke Museum
  • Baggage handling for one piece of luggage per traveler
  • Accommodations and breakfasts for coach driver
  • Taxes and gratuities (Note: Gratuities for local guide, boat captain and coach driver are not included and are at your discretion based on service.)
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